Early childhood programs in Virginia public schools provide a foundation for learning and academic success. School-readiness activities focus on phonological awareness, vocabulary, number sense and physical, motor and social development.
The Virginia Preschool Initiative distributes state funds to schools and community-based organizations to provide quality preschool programs for at-risk four-year olds unserved by Head Start.
- Superintendent’s Memo #118-13, May 3, 2013 – Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) Web-based Data Collection and Application Requirements for Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014)
- Appropriation Act Language (PDF)
- Virginia Preschool Initiative Guidelines (PDF)
School readiness describes the capabilities of children, families, schools and communities that promote student success in kindergarten and beyond. Each component plays an essential role in the development of school readiness.
- Virginia Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: Comprehensive Standards for Four-Year-Olds (PDF)
Virginia's Foundation Blocks – Comprehensive Standards for Four-Year-Olds describes specific indicators for pre-kindergarten children in the content areas of reading and mathematics.
- Preschool Curriculum Review Rubric and Planning Tool (PDF)
- Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)
- Early Childhood Initiatives – Information on Start Strong, Smart Beginnings and the Governor's Working Group on Early Childhood Initiatives.
- Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA) – The national center for research on early reading, representing a consortium of educators from five universities.
- School Bus Transportation of Pre-School-Aged Children from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- For details on data collection and reporting, see Early Childhood Data Collection